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    September 14, 2012
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tips@wusa9.com. this is 9 news now. they had a mission and they believed in it. they knew the danger and they accepted it. they didn't simply embrace the american ideal. they lived it. >> the bodies of four americans killed in a u.s. consulate in libya come home to maryland and the president and secretary of state went to andrews to show their respects. anti american protests are now being seen in more than a dozen countries in the middle east all fueled by a movie trailer that's engaged some muslims. >> reporter: as anti-u.s. protests continue throughout the middle east, the bodies of americans killed in libya including the ambassador arrived back home. >> four americans, four patriots, they loved this country. they chose to serve it and
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served it well. >> reporter: u.s. embassies and diplomatic hosts throughout the region stayed at heightened alert friday, the muslim holy day, amid continued protests in the region and in the wake of the killings of ambassador christopher stevens and three others in an attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi tuesday. a battle between police and protesters continued for a fourth day in cairo and in tunisia clouds of black smoke were seen as protesters stormed the gate of the u.s. embassy in tunis. friday's demonstrations were not confined to the middle east. this was the scene outside the american embassy in london. the protests seem at least in part a response to an internet movie trailer produced in the u.s. it angered muslims for its unflattering portrayal of the prophet muhammad, much like the accelerated pace of last year's arab spring, word of the video spreading across the region rapidly through social media.
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youtube blocked the video in egypt and in libya where those attacks on american personnel took place tuesday, the scope of which stunned the u.s. diplomatic community. an official said friday arrests had been made in connection with those killings in benghazi. >> there are reports tonight of violent protests in more than two dozen nations in northern africa, the middle east and europe. in sudan police reportedly fired on thousands of demonstrators outside the united states embassy. there were also protests outside the german and british embassies in that nation as well. a virginia man convicted in a suicide plot to blow up the capitol learned his punishment today. amin al kalifi of alexandria was sentenced to 30 years in prison. the 29-year-old man was arrested last february with what he thought was an automatic weapon and an explosive laden suicide vest. they were fakes provided by fbi. classes are back in session
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at two universities tonight after some eerily similar threats. the first came this morning at the university of texas at austin. a man called claiming to have planted bombs all over campus. there was also a bomb threat at north dakota state university. tonight the fbi is trying to figure out if they are related. at valparaiso university in indiana is tightening security after threatening graffiti, but no word if that is related tonight. new information about the former bus driver accused of ramming a school bus into an employee lounge in accokeek back in december. prosecutors claim 41-year-old theresa douglas was upset with some of her co-workers, so she drove her bus into the trailer that housed their lounge. the washington post reports the jury agreed and convicted douglas. she now faces 53 years in prison. sentencing is next month. a northern virginia man on death row since he was 20 had
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the chance that he would walk out a free man today, but the judge said not so past. >> reporter: i'm peggy fox at the prince william county courthouse where the family of justin wolfe received disappointing news today. despite a federal judge throwing out just tip wolfe's murder for hire conviction -- justin wolfe's murder for hire conviction and death sentence, the judge here today refused to release him on bond. >> it's so unfair that justin has spent 11 years in solitary confinement for a crime he didn't commit and it's time for him to come home. >> reporter: 10 years ago justin wolfe was sentenced to death after being convicted of murder for hire in the killing of fellow marijuana dealer daniel petrolli. the shooter owen barer who is serving 38 years now says wolfe had nothing to do with it, but prosecutors are preparing for another trial. >> i don't know what evidence they have. owe wedge has gone on the stand and -- owen has gone on the stand and admitted that justin had nothing to do with this, that it was only so he could avoid the death penalty himself
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and judge jackson in federal court found that to be a truthful statement. >> reporter: a new trial is set for october 15th, peggy fox, 9 news now. change of heart today for the virginia board of health. it all centers around controversial new building standards that affect women's clinics. >> reporter: i'm surae chinn in richmond, virginia, where the virginia board of health reverses course by adopting the strict guidelines. when the vote came down, the crowd erupted. they had sat together in peace, but left in turmoil. angry pro choice advocates shouting that politics won and not women. >> please remove them from the room. >> reporter: anti-abortion advocates stood up and clapped. scores of people had stood outside holding signs unable to get into the packed security tight room where the virginia health board made its decision and some argued caved into political pressures in adopting ken cuccinelli's anti-abortion
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agenda. >> we are a completely apolitical body and suddenly we're thrown in a completely political situation. >> there's nothing in the general assembly law that says if you cease to do abortions, you have to cease to do women's healthcare. >> reporter: in richmond, virginia, surae chinn, 9 news now. marylanders vote on a ton of big issues in november, same sex marriage, the dream act, congressional redistricting, but they have been swamped by commercials for and against expanded gambling. perhaps you've seen them. it's hard not to. brew leshan is here -- bruce leshan is here with more on the ads and some of them are a bit misleading. >> some of them are and maybe we should just be happy that these spots are all coming in and there are tv stations actually paying our salaries, but it seems like these casino ads are in every commercial break and we figured we needed to do some fact checking. >> this casino is in west virginia, but it makes millions off marylanders every year. now they're running dishons
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ads. why? because -- dishonest ads. why? because voting for question 7 is a vote to build a world class resort casino in maryland. >> left unsaid in that ad is that the company funding it is from out of state, too. it is mgm resorts out of las vegas which has an inside track on building a resort at national harbor. >> creating thousands of jobs and according to the department of legislative services, hundreds of millions for our schools while saving taxpayer money by cutting casino subsidies. >> now when it says cutting casino subsidies, it sounds like what the pro question 7 group means is the state's getting the casinos to buy their own slot machines, but the washington post calls all of this nonsense, says question 7 dramatically cuts taxes on casino owners. that means that taxpayers are going to get a smaller share of the revenue.
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>> if expanded gambling is such a great deal for maryland, why did politicians negotiate with out of state casino operators in secret? question 7 cuts taxes for billionaire special interests. >> now that ad is funded by penn national and penn national is apparently mad not just about its casino in west virginia, it's angry its slots palace in perryville, maryland, was the only one that did not get one of those tax breaks. >> politicians promise question 7 will create jobs, but we've heard those empty claims before and a loophole allows politicians to get away with providing no added revenue to students in the classroom. >> it is true that slots palaces brought in fewer jobs and a whole lot less money than predicted, but loophole, a little weird. more money in the education truss fund means politicians -- trust fund means politicians can cut money for education from the general fund, but is
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that really a loophole? bottom line, both sides are misleading and you cannot believe everything you hear on tv. >> i don't know. between the gambling and political ads, we're giving that mispleading staff a workout, aren't we? >> no kidding. we'll get to those political ads soon. >> back to you, anita. we've got breaking news, lesli. two u.s. marines have been killed in an attack on the nato base in afghanistan. officials are saying insurgents attacked british air base camp bastian. it is in afghanistan's helmond province. the weapons may have included mortars, rockets, rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire. coming up tonight on 9news at 7:00 find out how one school in the north capitol street area is changing the aspirations of local kids who might otherwise be in some trouble. still to come in this half hour of 9news pepco gets its chance in the hot seat as
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maryland grills its utility companies about their response following the storm. >> we had a few clouds, but essentially a very nice day. here are the numbers. an average day, too number wires. 82 and 64 -- numberwise. 82 and 64 goes in the book. we'll come back, talk about a cold front rolling through later tonight, if that will spark any showers, take you through the weekend and look ahead to next week which looks unsettled. >> but first a day at the office can always be stressful, kind of quiet here on a friday, but a look at the toll job stress can take on your health up next. heavy load in america. but mitt romney plan, a middle class to $2,000 more a year in taxes. multi-millionaires like himself hits the middle class harder... bigger break. forward for america? this message.
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the workplace can be loud, demanding and full of high pressure. sometimes you hear people grudgingly say my job is giving me a heart attack. there is some heated discussions here as well and a little stress at deadline time. a new study from europe shows, in fact, work-related stress does link to heart problems. it raises the risk of heart disease by 23%, the way they know that? they track 200,000 people over time correlating their work stress to heart disease. the findings are published in the journal lancet. everybody was a winner during today's salute to team america at the white house, president obama accident the
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first lady and vice president joe biden congratulating members of the u.s. olympic and paralympic teams. the president told the athletes he was the fan in chief and praised them for being great ambassadors for the country. the u.s. team won a medal total of 104 at the london games and 46 times they brought home the gold. still ahead a couple wakes up to find their car crushed. we'll tell you what happened coming up. heavy load in america. but mitt romney plan, a middle class to $2,000 more a year in taxes. multi-millionaires like himself hits the middle class harder... bigger break. forward for america? this message.
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9 wants you to know how today's hearings to determine how well utilities did during the summer derecho fared. well, it didn't really tell us much at all of the pepco and maryland public service commission members agreed that the utility just isn't built to respond to a derecho type of storm. maybe with some changes power restoration could be about a day or two faster, but that's in a best case scenario. the talk then turned to a cost benefit analysis of putting wires underground. investigative reporter russ ptacek asked consumers how much is too much? >> reporter: how much extra would you pay? five dollars, $10, $20? >> i'd pay $5. >> reporter: what would you feel comfortable with? >> $20. >> we did the math and if bge and pepco's 1.7 million maryland customers all paid $10
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a month for five years, that would raise a billion dollars, but neither pepco nor bge or regulators have said whether even that would cover building a grid derecho-proof enough to restore all of us within a couple of days. recent storms have done a number on plenty of power lines and trees and in one local neighborhood last saturday's wind gusts and heavy rains created a bit of controversy. >> reporter: i'm andrea mccarren in northwest washington with an interesting story about what happened to this car. >> it was a tremendous crash. >> reporter: the gunthers thought it was a thunder clap. >> i said gee, what a terrible storm with the thunder. it's so loud. >> reporter: look at what he saw. the elderly couple's honda was totaled by a colossal tree that had toppled from across the street. >> we just couldn't believe it. >> reporter: the fallen tree smashed a nearby picket fence. its branches ripped shingles off a roof, but the car took the brunt of its impact.
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>> i took the optimistic view well, maybe we can salvage the car until we looked at it. >> reporter: but the gunthers' story doesn't end there. neighbors say the residents of this house called the d.c. deposit at least five times to share -- government at least five times to share their concern about the health of this tree and five times they say a city tree inspector came out and deemed this tree healthy, but d.c.'s department of transportation whose urban forestry administration has oversight of the city's trees insists a healthy tree is just as likely to topple as an unhealthy one. in northwest washington, andrea mccarren, 9 news now. in general to protect your vehicle from weather-related damage you might want to consider comprehensive coverage on your car. this kind of coverage also protects you if your car is vandalized, but again insurance is invest personal, so you want to -- is very personal, so you want to work with your agent to find out what's best for you. >> shut, you have guaranteed us
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a banner weekend, right? >> i don't think i used the word guarantee, but i'll go ahead and do that. >> a little strong? >> it will be a great weekend. live look outside, live weather cam brought to you by michael and son, 81, high 82. there's some high clouds coming in, dew point low 60s, pressure down a bit, 30.13 inches of mercury and winds out of the south at 8 ahead of the cold front. temperatures, 77 bethesda, 78 vienna and fairfax, 82 in college park and 79 in bowie. so here's what we're looking at. a weak cold front goes through tonight and generate a few clouds. it's going to be pleasant for bruce. it won't shower on nats stadium. great saturday and sunday and yes, you'll need your umbrella next week. the stops develops probably late monday -- the storm system develops probably late monday into tuesday. isolated shower possible, 58 to 64, best chance for a shower late tonight like 11:00, 12:00. winds turn northwesterly at 10
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to 15. tomorrow morning mostly sunny, a bit breezy, pleasant, temperatures in the 60s and 70s, very nice. if you're going to the terps game, huskies in town in the 70s, but a little breezy, winds northwest 10 to 15, 12:00 kickoff. by afternoon mostly sunny, beautiful, high temperatures in the low 80s, winds calmed down a bit northwesterly at 10. next three days. we'll go code green for a while, great on saturday, 78, nice on sunday 80, a few high clouds come back at us sunday and then showers late monday or more likely monday night, temperatures in the upper 70s. right now it's going to be code green, not enough to change your plans. next seven days tuesday different story, rain showers, thunderstorms, breezy, windy, temperatures back in the upper 70s. then nice wednesday and thursday. that should clear out quickly, mid-70s and low 80s next friday. again, if you're going up to watch the ravens play the eagles, perfect up in philly for a beatdown.
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>> transitions well to a few other words, game on. >> over, yeah. >> game pop it's the name of our -- game on. it's the name of our new show. we are your home for football from friday to sunday. game on. no one is doing it better than we are. the awards just keep coming for rg3, another word we know. the fans have spoken. he's at the top of the charts again. i'll tell you for what and the caps might not be playing, but they make a major move to lock up a young star and grown men in tutus. now can you beat that? sports is next.
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i'm barack obama, and i approve this message. mitt romney's position on women's health...it's dangerous. vo:mitt romney and paul ryan would get rid of planned parenthood funding. and allow employers to deny coverage for cancer screenings and birth control. we can't afford to let him take away our choices... to take away basic health care. vo: both backed proposals to outlaw abortions...even in cases of rape and incest. i don't think that women's health issues have faced a crisis like this in decades.
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and now 9 sports with dave owens. >> lost in the glow of victory in new orleans was the injury to pierre garcon. the redskins made several moves this offseason which you can tip the cap to mike shanahan. one of them seems to be the acquisition of the former colts wide receiver. they hoped he would bring big plays. he has. last week he provided the biggest boom on bourbon street no. 88 dashing for 88 yards, but injured his foot. he ended up four catches for 109 yards. after the game he told me see you in st. louis, but he's been limited in practice. today coach shanahan says we're not sure yet if he's going to play. >> if he can go live with the pain, feels like he can go full speed, you let him go. in a situation where you're going to make it a lot worse,
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obviously the chances of him playing aren't very good, but right now it's pain tolerance. we'll see before the game. and the love keeps coming for robert griffin, iii. today he was named fedex air nfl player of the week and pepsi max nfl rookie of the week, both awards voted on by fabs. griffin threw for the second -- fans. griffin threw for the second most yards by a rookie. tomorrow we're your station for college football all weekend long. our bran new show game on -- brand-new show game on premiers at 7:00 after the alabama/arkansas game, sec local and looking ahead to redskins redskins/ravens. gather around your tv tonight. high school highlights. great job. we had over 56,000 voters, wow. well, there was going to be a season, the caps would be
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preparing to return to kettler iceplex, but put those plans on ice. it looks increasingly like the caps will not play soon or at all, lockout looming. when they come back, john carlson will have a fatter pocket. the caps signed him to a six- year deal worth 23 million bucks, only 22 years old. all that could change when and if the new collective bargaining agreement goes into effect. carlson loves the contract but wants those negotiation talks to wrap up soon. finally we know manny machado is the hot shot rookie for the orioles, game winning hit yesterday, but he's not above rookie hazing. check that out. his teammates making him put the tutu on. they almost pulled it off. >> did that make it to facebook or twitter because that would be wrong. >> it's blowing up. >> it's everywhere. >> look at that. >> they've got legs and they know how to use them. >> oh, man. that's it. the cbs evening news is next.
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derek is back at 7:00. happy friday, everybody. have a great weekend. i'm barack obama, and i approve this message. mitt romney's position on women's health...it's dangerous. vo:mitt romney and paul ryan would get rid of planned parenthood funding. and allow employers to deny coverage for cancer screenings and birth control. we can't afford to let him take away our choices... to take away basic health care. vo: both backed proposals to outlaw abortions...even in cases of rape and incest. i don't think that women's health issues have faced a crisis like this in decades.
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